Florida delivery man hit by police car and then arrested

Mason Morales

A Jimmy John’s delivery cyclist was hit in a downtown crosswalk Thursday afternoon by a Miami police officer driving an unmarked car.

But it was the sandwich deliveryman who went to jail. For 12 hours.

Mason Morales was arrested for criminal mischief after he threw his bike against the car in anger, then handcuffed in the middle of the street and placed in a cell at the Turner Guilford Knight Correction Center until his mother bailed him out at 3 a.m. Friday. Full Story »

Florida police fatally shoot woman threatening suicide

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Authorities say a Florida police SWAT team shot and killed an armed woman who had been threatening suicide.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office says a Sunrise Police SWAT team went to an apartment Friday where an armed woman had barricaded herself inside and was threatening to kill herself.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright said in a press release Saturday the woman stopped communicating with officers, so the SWAT team entered the apartment. She says the officers encountered the woman and shots were fired. She died at the scene. No officers were hurt. Full Story »

Quota? Florida troopers told to write 2 citations an hour per shift

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – A top official with the Florida Highway Patrol has told troopers they aren’t writing enough speeding tickets.

The Tampa Bay Times reports Maj. Mark Welch of Troop H in Tallahassee told troopers under his command via email that “the patrol wants to see two citations each hour” adding that it’s not a quota. He said it’s “what we are asking you to do to support this important initiative.”

Under the SOAR – Statewide Overtime Action Response – initiative, troopers can make extra money by working the road.

Welch noted the 5 percent pay raise the Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott recently gave troopers, noting that it “has also increased your overtime rate.”

State figures show troopers wrote 934,965 citations in 2014 compared to 749,241 last year. Full Story »

It is perfectly legal for ex-cops to punch you in the face if they’re having a bad day in Florida

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Punching random people in the face is a criminal offense… unless you used to be a cop. Here at this Fort Lauderdale Beach hotel, an ex-cop got angry with the fact that valet parking wasn’t free, and punched the valet in the face, knocking him out. No charges were pressed…

Fort Lauderdale hotel guest caught on camera punching out valet

No charges were pressed for this assault. We say fuck that. PRESS CHARGES!

Let’s petition the State Attorney’s Office to take action, otherwise people will think Florida a place where you can just assault random people because you’re having a bad day.

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Winter Haven police officer arrested for sex with teenage girl

William Kenna

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — A Winter Haven police officer has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with a 17-year-old girl.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that 39-year-old Winter Haven police Officer William Kenna was arrested early Saturday after the department received a tip about the relationship.

Winter Haven Police say officers found Kenna and the girl alone in a room. They contacted the Polk County Sheriff’s Office to handle the investigation.

Kenna and the girl told investigators they had consensual sex previously.

Kenna resigned from the force, where he has worked since 2012, instead of being fired. Full Story »

Fort Lauderdale hotel guest caught on camera punching out valet

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Employees identified the puncher as ex-cop John Kiernan of New Smyrna Beach. No charges were pressed for the attack.

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Surveillance video captured what appears to be a hotel guest punching and knocking out a valet, and the employee said the physical confrontation sparked over parking costs.

The incident took place Tuesday at the Ocean Sky Hotel, located at 4060 Galt Ocean Drive, on Fort Lauderdale Beach.

Surveillance video from the incident shows a man discussing something with valet attendant Rodolfo Rodriguez.

Speaking with 7News about the incident, the valet said the guest decided he did not want to pay to park. “He told me, ‘I’ve got a friend visiting me,’ and I told him, ‘It’s $18 for the parking,’” he said.

Moments later, the guest is seen punching the valet’s face, knocking him out. “Boom! Punched my face,” said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez is seen lying unconscious for about 20 seconds, and while passed out, the guest places the valet’s arms behind his back, in a manner that a police officer would when detaining someone.

The valet then regained consciousness. “I challenged the guy. I asked him, ‘What the hell are you doing?’” he said.

But he would not get an answer from the guest.

According to hotel staff, the man identified himself as a former Atlanta-area police officer. Employees identified him as John Kiernan of New Smyrna Beach.

“He was just angry,” said Rodriguez.

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Florida Woman grabs deputy’s crotch, won’t let go

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CRESTVIEW – A woman who grabbed a deputy’s crotch and refused to let go was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and simple assault.

The 35-year-old Crestview woman, whose house was too cluttered to allow officers to enter safely, also armed herself with a hammer before coming out of the house.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies had gone to the home on Sandy Lane after getting a report about a disturbance.

The suspect was in her bedroom, but deputies noted that “excessive clutter” kept them from going in. Full Story »